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Last Updated: Tuesday May 22 2007 11:17 GMT

What did Lizo think about Dr Who?

David Tennant as The Doctor

Our biggest Doctor Who fan Lizo reviews the eighth episode of the third series - Human Nature.


I'm writing this review on a laptop out in glorious sunshine at the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it!

The festival celebrates the best in cinema which is kind of appropriate because if there was a version of Cannes for TV, Doctor Who would be sure to be included. Especially on the strength of this story.

Human Nature is not only the best episode of the series so far, but it's also a pretty strong contender for the best episode since Doctor Who hit our screens two years ago.

All the things needed for a classic story are here. Ordinary, everyday objects seen in a new, terrifying light. The Doctor and Martha pulled almost beyond their limits emotionally. Along with a brilliant story concept.

Freema Agyeman as Martha
Martha doesn't look too happy with her new outfit

I'm not going to say very much about the plot at all. Because in this episode in particular, the story is so much better if you don't know anything about what's coming. But even before the opening credits have hit the screen, you know that this is going to be a story like no other.

I will say that it's set in a boys' boarding school in 1913. There are monsters (this is Doctor Who after all). And there's also lots of other unexplained stuff happening. Martha is the one who has to try and sort things out. Does she succeed? Well, we don't know. Because this is the first part of a double episode.

Writer Paul Cornell, who wrote the episode in the first series where Rose goes back in time to meet her father, delivers an absolutely brilliant and moving story with Human Nature. It'll leave you desperate to find out how it all ends in the next episode The Family of Blood. Fabulous stuff.

Four and a half out of five.


One more change - once you've seen this week's episode, you can let us know what you think using a form on this page, and each week we'll publish a selection of your comments.

This reviews page is now closed. Here are some of the reviews you sent in.

Your comments

"I thought he was handsome, loyal, kind and helpful. She really thinks he is very friendly and always tries his best. He cares for anyone when they are in danger. He is a fantastic man!"

Ethan, eight, Rochdale

"I thought that this episode was brilliant!!! Especially the end because it left you wanting more. I thought that the scarecrows were really well done as you get that feeling even when they are not moving or attacking, that they are something abnormal. I also think that the acting was amazing: David Tennant portrayed a human really well and was fantastic at doing all the emotions he normally doesn't do. In conclusion, an utterly fantastic first part to Human Nature."

Lily, 11, Nottinghamshire

"I didn't get into it and I think it was extremely unclear and all over the place."

Emily, eight, Norwich

"I thought Doctor Who was brill. I was surprised that the Doctor turned human and forgot about Martha and the watch."

Nathan, 10, Newcastle upon Tyne

"I liked this one because it was scary but I didn't like it when the Doctor turned human. It was embarrassing when I saw the Doctor kiss a nurse."

Holly, eight, Hartlepool



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